Thoughts on starting & operating a small business

  • The McComeback

    Update on my last post: Andrew had a great run in Boston and qualified for next year! We will be back…it was an amazing experience. The May 2014 edition of Canadian Business magazine has a really interesting article on the last decade for McDonalds in …

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  • Boston

    As I’m writing this, Andrew is on a bus to Hopkinton, the town where the Boston Marathon starts. For this marathon and the last one, Andrew worked with a running coach and although we have laughed that if “Coach Kev” said to run into the …

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  • Keeping it fresh

    I was talking today with our event specialist Margarita. She was telling me about a local beer company which she finds very similar to Prairie Girl- sticks to one product and does it really well, provides great service and gives back to the community. We …

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  • Expectations

    Andrew and I will be celebrating our 5th wedding anniversary in July and for the past few months I’ve been thinking how great it would be to celebrate the occasion with all four of the children. In one place. But as I  write this, Tom …

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  • Dithering

    Lately I have been reminded of the year before I opened the business when planning, opening and having a business was 100% “all new” and every decision was bewildering and mine to make. Would I use orange and yellow as the theme colours – sort …

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  • Time off

    As I write this, I am looking forward to leaving tomorrow for three days in California with my best friend, Marilyn, who lives there. It has been months since I have seen her and I can’t wait! Until the last few years, I have always …

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  • Happy Birthday

    Last week was PGB’s 3rd anniversary and every year on April 1st, I think about opening day and the chaos that it was! Sometimes I wonder whether any new business opens perfectly? There are just things that you don’t think about in the planning stages …

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  • The TOP 10%

    After a series of posts on coaching including one titled, “The Bottom 10%”, my husband suggested that I write about the “top” 10% of performers. Good point! As Andrew reminded me, before I opened the business, a lot of people said that the #1 issue …

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  • The Invisible Link

    A few weeks ago I wrote about mission statements and the importance of role modelling for your team whatever it is that you want the business to stand for. And last week I wrote on the topics of difficult conversations and managing the bottom 10% …

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  • The Bottom 10%

    In Monday’s post I talked about difficult conversations and I implied that one of “the most” difficult conversations is one in which you let someone go or are being let go. The first time that I let someone go when I was a bank executive, …

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